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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Pick & Prediction SEP 13TH 2020

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Sunday's season-opening contest between the Los Angeles Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium marks a number of firsts -- and not just because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The AFC matchup in Cincinnati marks a return to competition after a training camp period without preseason games. For the Chargers, it's also the franchise's first game without Philip Rivers on the roster since the end of the 2003 season.


After 16 seasons in the organization, 14 as its starting quarterback, Rivers signed with the Indianapolis Colts in March. The Chargers drafted University of Oregon product Justin Herbert with the No. 6 pick, making him the third quarterback taken overall in 2020. He might be the heir apparent, but Herbert will not start in Week 1.


That honor goes to Tyrod Taylor, a 10-year NFL veteran and Rivers' backup a season ago.


"We've had a lot of time to get the work in. This August, we worked intentionally to be as good as we can in each situation thrown at us," Taylor said in his press conference after being named the Week 1 starter. "With the tight ends, receivers and running backs, the chemistry is there."


As for the first quarterback taken in the 2020 draft, and the No. 1 pick overall, 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow makes his pro debut as both the starter and a captain for the Bengals.


"Joe's a winner. People say he only did it for one year, but that one year was unbelievable," said Chargers coach Anthony Lynn. "I don't see him slowing down much in this league."


Burrow passed for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns while leading LSU to the national championship. While the highly touted rookie faces a learning curve ahead of his pro debut, he told reporters at his Aug. 30 press conference his primary concern stems from having not had preseason opportunities due to the pandemic.


"The one thing I think I am a little worried about is not getting hit until the first game," he said. "I've been lobbying to be live in one of these scrimmages."


Not risking an injury before game week, Burrow's lobbying has been unsuccessful. Cincinnati already faces some injury uncertainty on offense with wide receiver John Ross III questionable due to an arm injury, and running back Joe Mixon questionable as a result of a head injury.


Los Angeles faces its own injury uncertainties, particularly on the offensive line with center Mike Pouncey and guard Trai Turner both listed as questionable.


Lynn declared wide receiver Mike Williams "a game-time decision" due to a shoulder injury. Williams caught 10 touchdowns in 2018, and averaged more than 20 yards per reception en route to breaking the 1,000-yard mark in 2019.


Cincinnati, meanwhile, is on track to welcome back wide receiver A.J. Green for the first time since the 2018 season. Green missed the entire 2019 campaign with ligament damage in his ankle.


Green sustained a minor hamstring injury in training camp, but is listed as probable. His return coinciding with the debut of Burrow gives decided intrigue to a Bengals offense that ranked No. 26 in the NFL for yards gained a season ago.


"Joe, he's going to be great for the next 15 years," Green said in a press conference last month. "For him, it's just getting that rhythm. We're always talking: 'How do you like this ball? How do you like this route?'"


--Field Level Media


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Los Angeles Chargers

Cincinnati Bengals

Player Position Lineup
Keenan Allen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joey Bosa primary: Defensive End Starter
Michael Davis primary: Cornerback Starter
Austin Ekeler primary: Runningback Starter
Dan Feeney primary: Center Starter
Jalen Guyton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Casey Hayward Jr. primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Hunter Henry primary: Tight End Starter
Melvin Ingram III primary: Defensive End Starter
Rayshawn Jenkins primary: Safety Starter
Justin Jones primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Desmond King II primary: Safety Starter
Forrest Lamp primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyrod Taylor primary: Quarterback Starter
Sam Tevi primary: Left Tackle Starter
Drue Tranquill primary: Linebacker Starter
Mike Williams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tyree St. Louis primary: Right Guard Starter
Bryan Bulaga primary: Right Tackle Starter
Chris Harris Jr. primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Linval Joseph primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Kenneth Murray Jr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Nasir Adderley primary: Safety Substitution
Michael Badgley primary: Kicker Substitution
Emeke Egbule primary: Linebacker Substitution
Brandon Facyson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Virgil Green primary: Tight End Substitution
Justin Jackson primary: Runningback Substitution
Ty Long primary: Kicker Substitution
Cole Mazza primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Uchenna Nwosu primary: Defensive End Substitution
Denzel Perryman primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trey Pipkins III primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Scott Quessenberry primary: Center Substitution
Isaac Rochell primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jerry Tillery primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Kyzir White primary: Linebacker Substitution
Stephen Anderson primary: Tight End Substitution
Nick Vigil primary: Linebacker Substitution
Joshua Kelley primary: Runningback Substitution
Joe Reed primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Alohi Gilman primary: Safety Substitution
KJ Hill Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Gabe Nabers primary: Runningback Substitution
Damion Square primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Cortez Broughton primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Jason Moore primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Mike Pouncey primary: Center Not active
Easton Stick primary: Quarterback Did not play
Trai Turner primary: Guard Not active
Tevaughn Campbell primary: Cornerback Not active
Storm Norton primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Donald Parham Jr. primary: Tight End Not active
Justin Herbert primary: Quarterback Did not play
Ryan Groy primary: Guard Did not play
Player PositionLineup
Jessie Bates III primary: Safety Starter
Tyler Boyd primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Carlos Dunlap primary: Left Defensive End Starter
A.J. Green primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Bobby Hart primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Trey Hopkins primary: Center Starter
Sam Hubbard primary: Right Defensive End Starter
William Jackson III primary: Cornerback Starter
Michael Jordan primary: Left Guard Starter
Joe Mixon primary: Halfback Starter
Darius Phillips primary: Cornerback Starter
Germaine Pratt primary: Linebacker Starter
John Ross III primary: Wide Receiver Starter
C.J. Uzomah primary: Tight End Starter
Jonah Williams primary: Offensive Tackle Starter
Xavier Su'a-Filo primary: Right Guard Starter
Vonn Bell primary: Safety Starter
Mackensie Alexander primary: Cornerback Starter
D.J. Reader primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Josh Bynes primary: Linebacker Starter
Joe Burrow primary: Quarterback Starter
Mike Daniels primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Giovani Bernard primary: Halfback Substitution
Andrew Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Randy Bullock primary: Kicker Substitution
Cethan Carter primary: Tight End Substitution
Alex Erickson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jordan Evans primary: Linebacker Substitution
Clark Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Trayvon Henderson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Kevin Huber primary: Punter Substitution
Fred Johnson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Carl Lawson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Billy Price primary: Center Substitution
Drew Sample primary: Tight End Substitution
Auden Tate primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Brandon Wilson primary: Safety Substitution
Tony Brown primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tee Higgins primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Logan Wilson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Akeem Davis-Gaither primary: Linebacker Substitution
Khalid Kareem primary: Defensive End Substitution
Mike Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Samaje Perine primary: Halfback Substitution
Amani Bledsoe primary: Defensive End Substitution
Christian Covington primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Geno Atkins primary: Nose Tackle Not active
Ryan Finley primary: Quarterback Did not play
Torry McTyer primary: Cornerback Not active
Shawn Williams primary: Safety Not active
Trayveon Williams primary: Halfback Not active
LeShaun Sims primary: Cornerback Not active
Hakeem Adeniji primary: Guard Did not play
Markus Bailey primary: Linebacker Not active
Shaq Calhoun primary: Guard Not active

Los Angeles Chargers

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 23 Yards
    • Rusher: Joe Burrow
    • Conv Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 24 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 50 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • Period 4
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Joshua Kelley
    • Conv Kicker: Michael Badgley
  • Match End


Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Kansas City W 38 - 21
  • Denver W 16 - 19
  • @Las Vegas W 30 - 27
  • Atlanta W 17 - 20
  • New England L 45 - 0
  • @Buffalo L 17 - 27
  • N.Y. Jets W 28 - 34
  • @Miami L 21 - 29
  • Las Vegas L 31 - 26
  • @Denver L 30 - 31
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Baltimore L 38 - 3
  • @Houston W 37 - 31
  • Pittsburgh W 17 - 27
  • Dallas L 30 - 7
  • @Miami L 7 - 19
  • N.Y. Giants L 19 - 17
  • @Washington L 9 - 20
  • @Pittsburgh L 10 - 36
  • Tennessee W 20 - 31
  • Cleveland L 37 - 34

Last Meetings

  • Chargers @ Bengals 16-13
  • Bengals @ Chargers 21-26
  • Chargers @ Bengals 19-24
  • Chargers @ Bengals 27-10
  • Bengals @ Chargers 17-10
  • Bengals @ Chargers 20-13
  • Chargers @ Bengals 20-34
  • Bengals @ Chargers 24-27
  • Chargers @ Bengals 49-41

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

An offensive pass interference penalty on a would-be go-ahead touchdown and the ensuing missed field goal attempt spoiled the debut of No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow, and the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 16-13 Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.

Burrow, who went 23-of-36 passing for 193 yards with an interception in his pro debut, led a torrid final drive that covered 79 yards in less than three minutes. He capped the possession with a three-yard strike to wide receiver A.J. Green near the pylon, but Green was flagged for pushing off Chargers defensive back Casey Hayward.

Green, playing for the first time since 2018, caught five passes for a team-high 51 yards.

Bengals kicker Randy Bullock, who made his previous 24 field goal attempts including two earlier on Sunday, then pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury as he badly missed a 31-yard attempt to force overtime.

The win marked a reversal of fortunes from a season ago for Los Angeles (1-0), which went 2-9 in games decided by one score.

The Chargers escaped behind an outstanding defensive effort, which included a pair of critical turnovers in the second half.

Denzel Perryman dislodged the ball from Joe Mixon, ending the Cincinnati running back's streak of 622 consecutive touches without a fumble. Nick Vigil fell on the loose ball in Cincinnati territory, which led to Michael Badgley's third successful field goal of the afternoon and a Chargers' 16-13lead in the fourth quarter.

Burrow scored on a 23-yard run in the first quarter, sprung free to pay dirt off of a Trey Hopkins block. It was the lone touchdown in a first half that saw the Chargers hold the Bengals to just 88 yards of offense.

Cincinnati (0-1) made its second score on a Bullock field goal in the third quarter, but the kick came as a result of missed touchdown opportunities. Twice, Burrow overthrew receivers who beat deep coverage.

With two promising Bengal drives stalling and turning into field goals, Los Angeles capitalized. A 45-yard Joe Reed kickoff return set up a short field for Tyrod Taylor. The quarterback, who went 16-of-30 for 208 yards, led a drive that capped with rookie running back Joshua Kelley scoring on a five-yard run to tie it 13-13.

The Bengals again left points on the board in the fourth quarter when, driving into Chargers territory, Melvin Ingram intercepted a rushed shovel pass from Burrow.

--Field Level Media